We're committed to a whole of water cycle management approach to secure local water supplies, reduce water usage and enhance local waterways.
Through our Sustainable Water Management Strategy (2013-2023), we've committed to targets that will reduce our potable water use, increase our use of alternative water sources, and reduce pollutants entering waterways.
Our progress to date in implementing this strategy is outlined in the Water Management Strategy Annual Report Card 2014/15.
Alternative Water Sources
We manage five stormwater harvesting systems that reduce our reliance on potable water supplies. It makes Brimbank’s open space more resilient to the impacts of drought and water restrictions. These harvesting systems are at Cairnlea, Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Recreation Reserve, Balmoral Park, and Keilor Golf Course. A further system at our Keilor Operations Centre harvests water for washing vehicles and garbage trucks.
In 2014/15, Council’s stormwater water harvesting systems saved over 100 ML of potable water.
Be Smart With Water At Home
We all need water. In our age of population growth and economic development, there are increasing pressures on our water supply. Part of our Water Strategy is to aim for water stewardship (using water wisely) and water quality (healthy waterways).
Where does our drinking water come from?
City West Water's What We Do video explains where your water comes from. City West Water is Brimbank's drinking water, recycled water, and sewerage services provider.
Note: If you speak English as an additional language (EAL) there are resources for you to learn about water.
How can we protect our waterways and reduce pollutants in stormwater?
‘Stormwater’ is water picked up from the land along with pollutants like litter and chemicals. See the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) types and causes of stormwater pollution.
Before the water reaches our waterways (rivers, lakes), you can help treat the water by:
- Installing a rainwater tank
- Building a raingarden/swale
- Have ‘permeable’ paving such as pebble paths and lawns to help hold up stormwater.
What are the current rules and restrictions to help us use water more efficiently?
City West Water has outlined some rules and restrictions for using water responsibly.
To better prepare your family for a drought, have a Drought Preparedness Plan.
What can you do to reduce your household's water use to less tan 155 litres per person, per day?
Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme (WELS)
In Australia, we use Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme (WELS). This scheme uses a six star rating system to rate a product's water efficiency. To help reduce your bill and save water, check the star ratings of your water appliances.
Are you a volunteer/community group helping to protect local rivers/creeks? Melbourne Water has guidelines on how you can be eligible for funding. If you're a recreation/community sport group, you can apply for a Sustainable Water Fund.
- National Water Week is on 16- 22 October. Enter your students in a poster competition reflecting water related issues.
- Printable worksheets about the water cycle, water collection and water for health and wellbeing.
- Have your kids learn about the importance of frogs in the waterway ecosystem by getting involved with this frog monitoring program.